There’s Something for Everyone at the LA Auto Show

We made our annual pilgrimage to the LA Auto Show earlier this week, and as in year’s past, there is a lot to see and a little bit of something for everyone. Bring the family, bring the kids, bring your significant other, bring your car- loving friends, but hurry since the last day of the show this year is Sunday, December 9th.

While you can purchase tickets on site, you can save a few dollars if you purchase your tickets in advance online:

LA Auto license


Here’s a video snippet of a sampling of some of the many cars on display at the Los Angeles Convention Center, home of the LA Auto Show.

Virtually every major car company is at the show, showcasing new cars and models. Some companies offered world debuts of their new cars, or US debuts, or auto show debuts. There were a few specific brands we always visit, and we made a point to stop in those booths. We did wander the entire show floor for a glance at everything. You could be there all day – we spent a good four hours wandering the show floor – which covers both major halls in the LA Convention Center – and still didn’t see everything.

My advice, look online at the show website in advance, to see if there is a particular car you would like to see. Check to see if you would like to test drive a car – several companies are offering this, but only until 5:00 pm. If you are bringing kids, look for kid-friendly displays, and let your kids sit inside the vehicles, they might have fun sitting behind the steering wheel for a photo! Then, be sure to wander and stop by some booths that are new to you. Be sure to visit the Galpin Auto display (in a room in between the two convention halls) and the Porsche exhibit (also off in its own area), and the “garage” down below for some custom cars and after-market suppliers.

The Ford booth had some netting overhead – an obstacle course for climbing through – great for kids. They also had a make your own Lego figure display – and then you could pose the figures in Ford Lego landscapes.

I liked the look – especially the interior – of this Hyundai concept car, Le Fil Rouge.

LA Auto Show Hyundai concept car Le Fil Rouge

Le Fil Rouge concept car in the Hyundai booth

LA Auto Show Lexus UX A Girls Guide to Cars

It was fun seeing the new Lexus UX – I drove this car for the A Girls Guide to Cars conference two weeks ago.

LA Auto Show Maserati

I love the trident on the Maserati grill.

LA Auto Show Acura NSX

Beautiful styling on the Acura NSX

Rivian is a new company that aims to make rugged off-road electric SUVs.

I gravitated towards the Subaru booth this year. I am most familiar with their WRX, but the Outbacks really looked interesting, and then I posed in the new Ascent for a #SharetheLoveSelfie – Subaru is donating money to one of four charities for every selfie posted.

All the cars in the Mercedes Booth were stylish, but this one in particular stood out.

LA Auto Show Mercedes Benz 2020 GTR Pro #LAAutoShow

Ahh, had to stop by the Mercedes Benz booth, where all the cars are beautiful, but especially this 2020 GTR Pro

In the Volvo booth, the company said that it plans that 25% of plastic in its cars produced after 2025 will be recycled plastic. This seems very in keeping with the Volvo brand.

Downstairs in the garage were custom autos and after-market vendors like Al & Ed’s Audio Sound and West Coast Customs.

In addition to seeing all the models in the VW booth, they had this fun screen that mirrored the movements of anyone standing in front of this. I imagine kids would find this endlessly entertaining. I sure did.

Galpin Autos had a large room to display their cars. This 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera made me swoon. And how about this fun throwback pain scheme on this van and mini-wagon?

In the Jaguar booth, we spent a lot of time learning about the I-pace, Jaguar’s electric SUV. If you sign up to take a 90-second tour to learn more about the vehicle, you get a really nice Jaguar baseball cap. On the right pictured below is an interactive screen in the Jaguar booth, kids might find this entertaining.

I liked the look of this all-new Mazda 3 (and since I drive a Mazda, I am partial to them). The hatchback was on a raised stage, but there was a sedan version in their booth that you could sit inside.

LA Auto Show Mazda 3

The all new Mazda 3.

In the BMW booth, I stopped by to see the M3 and M4. The M4 in a convertible, which sounds like a brilliant idea!

In the Audi booth, they had a station where you could push pedals and hear the engine notes for different models.

The Grand Tour Game, related to the Amazon show, The Grand Tour, had an area outside on of the halls set-up with stations to play the game. And take a photo with a Porsche 918 Spyder.

As usual, Porsche had its own booth…and you saw the just-announced Porsche

LA Auto Show Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport

The Porsched 911 GT2 RS Clubsport – front and center when you enter the Porsche room.

These photos only represent a sampling of what I took the other night. There are many cars to see and learn more about, and there are fun activities sprinkled throughout the show that hopefully will delight the little ones.

The LA Auto Show runs through Sunday, Decmeber 9. The show is open from 9:00 AM through 10:00 PM on Saturday, and 9:00 AM through 7:00 PM on Sunday. Check the LA Auto Show website for a list of cars at the show and events or drive-around schedule.



First Impression: Zipping around Palm Springs in the 2019 Acura ILX

Two weeks ago, thirty female bloggers and journalists gathered at the Aloft Hotel in El Segundo, less than a mile from LAX Airport. We were there to meet for the inaugural A Girls Guide to Cars #Drive2Learn conference. In the parking lot eight different cars of varying makes and models awaited us to explore the drive from LA to Greater Palm Springs, the location for our two and a half day conference.

The mission of A Girls Guide to Cars is to empower women to be smarter, happier car owners, and that’s something I can support, especially since women buy or influence the purchase of 85% of cars.

While at the conference, we had the opportunity to drive the cars in groups to lunch, to scenic spots around Greater Palm Springs, and to and from Los Angeles.

On the last morning of the conference, I hopped in the Acura ILX with Dana (of Sweet Shoppe Mom and Cocktails and Cactus) and Dani (of Big Family Minimalist) for a quick bite for lunch and to cruise around and enjoy the local scenery.

Acura ILX driven at the A Girls Guide to Cars #Drive2Learn conference photo by Kiera Reilly

Front view of the sporty Acura ILX

This small, sporty car comfortably fit three women, and would be perfect for quick trips around town. While I am not normally a fan of red leather interiors, the red interior on this car grew on me – paired with the white exterior, the red really pops.

Here’s a close-up of the interior from the passenger side of the car.

Acura ILX passenger and center console for the A Girls Guide to Cars #drive2learn conference

Passenger side of the Acura ILX showing the center console

Looking for a quick bite to eat, we found IW Coffee coffee a short drive away. After lunch we decided to drive around town, and given our short time-frame, decided to cruise along El Paseo, a popular shopping district/street in Palm Desert. The Acura ILX was perfect for zipping around and parking, making it a perfect option for running errands, joining friends for lunch, or commuting to work. This small but sporty car is boasts a luxurious interior, so it’s luxury in a small but mighty package.

Acura ILX parked at IW Coffee in Indian Wells for A Girls Guide to Cars #drive2learn conference

The Acura ILX parked across from IW Coffee

Acura ILX fits into small parking spaces for A Girls Guide to Cars #Drive2Learn conference

Small to fit into cramped parking spaces at shopping centers.

Dani cruising El Paseo in the Acura ILX.

Our time with the Acura was short, but my first impression was a good one. Since I drive a compact-sized car at home, this would be the perfect entry for me into the Acura line-up. I’m not looking for a big SUV, but I want something that has a bit of zip, and a luxurious feel, and on first glance the Acura ILX seems to fit the bill.

Kiera Reilly with Acura ILX for A Girls Guide to Cars #drive2learn conference

Me and the Acura ILX

Would it be a visit to Greater Palm Springs without a picture of any palms?

Visit greater Palm Springs hosted us for A Girls Guide to Cars #drive2learn conference

Palm trees in Palm Springs

The Acura ILX is described by Acura as being, “Savvy, sporty, and bold, it’s the ride for your life.” With a starting price of $25,900, this premium sports sedan an affordable luxury. Learn more on the Acura website.

Disclosure: I was a guest of A Girls’ Guide to Cars and Visit Greater Palm Springs for this trip in exchange for my honest opinion of my experience. All the opinions here are my own.

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2019 Acura ILX premium sports sedan - perfect for zipping around Palm Springs with A Girls Guide to Cars #Drive2Learn conference

The 2019 Acura ILX premium sports sedan